ADMIN MESSAGE DECEMBER 2014
Wishing you Comfort, Hope &Joy for the Holidays and Always
Biologists propose that our underlying virtues of caring and kindness are the result of our long evolution as mammals with attachment systems, and an ability to feel the emotions of others. When we exercise this ability we are demonstrating empathy. When these feelings include the desire to help, we are being compassionate.When we act on our compassion we are altruistic – orsimply, kind. Research suggests that when we are kind, our heart rates slow down, the hormone oxytocin is released by our brains, and we feel pleasure and happiness – or simply, joy.
The season of joy and giving is upon us and we are observing our students acting on their compassionate impulses and valuing people through kindness. We could simply attribute such actions to an evolved part of human nature, but we know that this behaviour, although natural, is also fostered by the community shaping our lessons - our learning community. This community includes friends, parents, extended family, and educators. The HGI learning community is living by our values through various student-led initiatives intended to help others.
Siloam Mission, a connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, received a healthy collection of toiletries, hygiene items, food donations, jeans, hoodies, other clothing items, and bedding thanks to the members of our We Day club. The Siloam Mission Drive organized by Sarah S., Madison F., Keegan B., and Seren J., was also responsible for collecting an additional $1750.00 in cash donations! Our grade 7’s will also be volunteering with Siloam Mission, while the rest of the grades send volunteers to help out the Christmas Cheer Board.
Raising funds for Wittaya Norpit, our school’s sponsored child from Thailand, is another priority of our learning community. We will be raising money through our 2nd Annual Winter Arts and Craft Fair. All of the monies from the sale of our Grade 7-9 Art students’ hand-made ceramic pinch pots as well as the table rental income from the local crafters and vendors in attendance, will go towards our school's sponsored child. This year’s fair will be held at HGI on Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include 30 crafters and vendors, a Reindeer Snack Shack (cookies and milk) and a Kids Only Zone (arts and crafts for our youngest visitors). Please also keep an eye out for Rafiki bracelets being sold by our We Day club as they continue their efforts to raise money for the Free the Children Organization.
Rosa, Taylor, Arianna, Ashley and Shika have also planned and organized a Dance-a-thon to be held on December 16th during Spirit Week with donations going toward a fund to purchase toys for children who are unable to leave Children's Hospital during the holidays.
We greatly appreciate the support of the community as our altruistic staff and students act on their desire to help others through acts of kindness that offer comfort and inspire hope. Health and happiness are gifts and as we reach out as citizens with grand initiatives, please remember the power of the small acts of kindness as well, as promoted during this past week’s Bullying Awareness campaign.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to make someone’s day.”
From touching messages of remembrance and appreciation from our performing arts community at the HGI Remembrance Day ceremony, our bands and choirs will soon be spreading joy through beautiful music during the month of December. Our Grade 9 choir will be collaborating with the Vincent Massey choirs at Bethel Mennonite Church on December 16th at 7:30 pm and our Grades 5-7 Girls choir will be singing at the Forks Market on December 10th at 11 am. The Winter Band Concert will be held on December 3rd at 7 pm.
As 2015 approaches, so does a new academic term with new challenges. Term one reports will be available online on Monday, December 1, and we would like to acknowledge the academic and extracurricular commitments of all in the HGI learning community. Basketball, indoor track, and intramurals are on the doorstep as we congratulate all of our volleyball teams on a great season. All teams worked very hard to improve their skills, and the efforts of our players, coaches, and parents are commendable. As we wrap up the PTSD playoffs this week we’ll see the Grade 9 girls off into the divisional and provincial championships. Go Wolves!!
We wish you happy holidays and we hope that you continue to spread joy
through your kindness
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